Book Review: Inkling


About the Book:9781524772819


Author: Kenneth Oppel

Pub. Date: November 6, 2018

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 272




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From the acclaimed author of The NestThe Boundless, and Airborn comes a brilliantly funny, breakout book about a boy who discovers an ink blot that’s come to life! Perfect for those who love Hoot and Frindle and sure to be a hit with kids everywhere!

The Rylance family is stuck. Dad’s got writer’s block. Ethan promised to illustrate a group project at school–even though he can’t draw. Sarah’s still pining for a puppy. And they all miss Mom. So much more than they can say.

Enter Inkling. Inkling begins life in Mr. Rylance’s sketchbook. But one night the ink of his drawings runs together–and then leaps off the page! This small burst of creativity is about to change everything.

Ethan finds him first. Inkling has absorbed a couple chapters of his math book–not good–and the story he’s supposed to be illustrating for school–also not good. But Inkling’s also started drawing the pictures to go with the story–which is amazing! It’s just the help Ethan was looking for! Inkling helps the rest of the family too–for Sarah he’s a puppy. And for Dad he’s a spark of ideas for a new graphic novel. It’s exactly what they all want.

It’s not until Inkling goes missing that this family has to face the larger questions of what they–and Inkling–truly need.

Kenneth Oppel has given us a small masterpiece of middle-grade fiction. Inkling is funny and fizzy and exciting, and brimming with the kind of interesting ideas and dilemmas that kids will love to wrestle with. And Sydney Smith is creating wonderfully inky illustrations to bring the story to vivid life. Get ready. A little ink blot is about to become your new favorite character!

My Review

This was such a surprise. Some books come at the right time and I am proof of that. The message this story has is powerful. It’s inspiring, breathtaking and very intense.

Ethan lives in his father’s shadow somehow. His classmates expect him to inherit his dad’s talent at creating amazing characters and drawing them, with this school project. Little do they know the struggle his family has had ever since his mom passed away. Hope emerges in the form of a drop of ink.

Inkling becomes a character that drives the family back to being one entity? It’s hope, determination and strength combined in one small element. Sometimes all we need is a bit of guidance, or at least a push in the right direction. While Ethan and his family learn to be together again, Inkling goes missing. If they will be able to find him again and what will happen to the fantastic drop, you’ll find out by reading the book.

This is one emotional book. I loved it and I loved the feelings it gave me. I cried and laugh with the characters and learned to hope and to work on my skills, if I want to improve them. A beautiful book that can be ready by all the family. 5 stars

About Kenneth:KO+2

I was born in Port Alberni, a mill town on Vancouver Island, British Columbia but spent the bulk of my childhood in Victoria, B.C. and on the opposite coast, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. At around twelve I decided I wanted to be a writer. I started out writing sci-fi epics then went on to swords and sorcery tales and then, during the summer holiday when I was fourteen, started on a humorous story about a boy addicted to video games. Photo credit: Mark Raynes Roberts

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Giveaway Details:


3 winners will receive a finished copy of INKLING, US Only.


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